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The ladies of the Happy Bookers book discussion club gather around a table at The Coffee House in Greenville the first Tuesday of each month. Each member takes a turn informally leading the discussion. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: Local club makes winter months more enjoyable with table talk on books

The Happy Bookers were meeting at the popular coffee bean hub in Greenville to discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin. Gathering together one Tuesday every month (except January), the women catch up on each other’s lives over hot coffee and tea. During this informal get-together, a different woman oversees the discussion each meeting.

Shopping isn’t the biggest part of Black Friday for Angie Insley (in orange) of Belding. Hanging with friends and family, enjoying the adventures of Black Friday is more important to her and her group. Pictured with Insley are, from left, Susan Bowne, Cori O’Connor and, in back, Kristin Cusack, all of Ionia. (Courtesy photos)

S.H.E.: For some local shoppers, the Christmas list isn’t the most important thing about Black Friday

Christmas is just over two months away and that means Black Friday is looming ever closer. It is the biggest shopping day of the year and, to some, it is used as an opportunity to cross things off their Christmas lists, however, others see it as a time to be with family and friends. Belding resident Angie Insley is part of a group of women who get together on Black Friday and brave the crowds to find the perfect gifts for their families.

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S.H.E.: Holidays mean budget crunch on beauty luxuries

With Christmas shopping heating up, you have to tighten up the budget for things like getting your nails and hair done or for that massage you always like to spoil yourself with every now and then. So with budget control in mind, it is now time to look for do-it-yourself beauty needs.

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S.H.E.: Facing the first of many ‘lasts’

As this month comes to a close, I face another “last” moment. Watching the last high school football game in which my son, Alec, who is a senior, will play.

Jason Hall of Belding 
displays his 2012 Danish Festival Best of Show award he received from his modified 1978 International Harvester Scout. It took him four years to modify his dream vehicle into an off-road weekend thrill ride.

REVVED UP: Work on Belding man’s 1978 International Scout is as impressive as its ride

Jason Hall’s 1978 International Harvester Scout II is simply impressive in performance.
It cuts through the sand like a hot scooper to ice cream. It climbs steep hills so effortlessly that it makes the ridiculously steep Test Hill at Silver Lake seem like a bunny hill. And, oh my, how cool it looks — with its sleek, bright siam yellow body, its removable soft top and its muscle-bound, 33-inch by 12.50-inch Wrangler mud terrain tires.
But behind its hardcore performance, neck-snapping power and its pristine look lies an even more impressive story.

Vestaburg’s Luverne Dickinson Adamson with her 160-pound Great Pyrenees, Zeus, on one of their many walks.

Vestaburg woman gets new lease on life, control of diabetes with CHIP program

Not long ago, Luverne Dickinson Adamson, 59, of Vestaburg, began her day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, toast with butter and coffee with creamer and artificial sweetener. She enjoyed traditional American foods — cheeseburgers, fries, coney dogs with all the fixings, and onion rings — and frequently ate out on weekends. Dinner often included salad soaked in creamy ranch dressing, steak or a chicken fillet, a hot vegetable and a baked potato smothered in butter and sour cream.

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Video: 4-for-20: Chicken stir-fry

4-20 Season 2 episode 1 from Michael Bee on Vimeo. Nothing is easier than making a chicken stir-fry my way. First, gather the money from the roomies and run to the store and buy your chicken, stir-fry vegetable mix, green onion, rice and stir-fry sauce. I got all my stuff for under $20. Read the [...]

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YOUNG AT HEART: Indoor opportunities abound for staying fit during winter months

When temperatures dip, it’s only natural that seniors who take most of their exercise out of doors during the summer months begin seeking indoor alternative venues. Fortunately, many options exist in the Montcalm County area.

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HEALTH and WELLNESS: Taking preventative measures one bite at a time

There are a multitude of cancer diagnoses everyday. Various forms can be linked genetically, others are caused by environmental factors and some are due to certain behaviors and habits. United Lifestyles registered dietitian Renee DeFrang uses her expertise to both work with cancer patients and others who are looking to improve their quality of life and prevent certain illnesses.

Emma Fowler, 12, of Greenville, holds up necklaces of beads, which each bead represented a feat in her recovery of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

HEALTH and WELLNESS: Cancer — Stories of survival

The sound of glass breaking somewhere downstairs when you’re tucked safely into a 3 a.m. bed; the low growl of an unseen dog on a dark summer’s night; unexpected knocking from beneath your car’s hood when you’re miles from home. All these qualify as scary noises. But the scariest noise of all, the one most people fear above all else, may be summed up in three words: “You have cancer.”